Jun 18 2015

DIY End of the Year Teacher Gifts

The end of the year is the best time to thank teachers for all of their hard work! Get creative with these DIY gifts, and they will be totally impressed!

Apple Jar

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Such a yummy and creative gift for the chocolate loving teacher!

Via The 36th Avenue

 

Crayon Monogram

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This is personalized, totally cool and as colorful as it gets!

Via A Mom With a Lesson Plan

 

Bucket of Sunshine

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Summer is all about sunshine! Love this is happy and cute gift!

Via Thirty Handmade Days

 

Pencil Vase

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A super pretty gift that puts pencils to good use!

Via Cincy Shopper

 

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries & a Custom Tag

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YUM! A sentimental note with these strawberries makes a great personalized treat!

Via Craftibilities

Happy Gifting!

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Jun 9 2015

Gift Guide: 6 Gifts Ideas for Your Favorite Dads and Grads

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We’re totally feeling the summer vibes this June.  Don’t get too relaxed and forget about finding something special for Dad or your favorite Grads this year.  We’ve rounded up 6 gift ideas to make it easy for you to relax and unwind for the rest of summer.

1. PubsOf Art and Glassware 

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Pubs Of  is the perfect way to honor your Dad’s alma mater or your college grads favorite watering holes. Artist Brian McKelvey created a handprinted collection of street scenes from 80 different cities. The originals are pen & ink sketches with a watercolor wash and then he’s used the images on canvases, posters, prints or glassware.
Prices range from $10-500.
20% Off Code for TGI Members

2. Etiequette Ties 

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Etiequette (e-ti-ket) is a line of ties that all have themes (i.e. nature, animals, space, etc.) to reflect favorite activities, hobbies, tastes, etc. Tiny cacti or astronauts or cupids or horses, step & repeat to form a uniform pattern.  A great gift idea for professionals, or new soon-to-be professionals that still lets them subtly express personality.
$58

20% off Coupon Code + free 2 Day Shipping for TGI Members

3. Colorful New Keurig Coffee Maker

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These new brightly colored and perfectly sized Keurig 2.0 K250 coffee makers are the perfect practical but still fun gift for a dorm room, starter apartment or small office.   The new bright colors (think – turquoise, orange zest, sandy pearl) will liven up their daily routine a bit, with still the ease of the game changing, one-touch coffee maker.  You can brew more than 500 different beverages from 70+ brands (not just coffee!)
$119.99

4. Smart Phone FishHunter 

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The way to easy Father’s Day gifting is to choose his favorite hobby and gift accordingly.  For the Dad who lives on the water, try the new FishHunter. It’s small, wireless, completely portable and fits perfectly in his pocket so he can take anywhere he likes to fish. It goes on the surface of the water and measures water depth, surface water temperature and helps you pinpoint fish w/ their corresponding app.
Father’s Day Special, $139

5. Mega Flask, Beer Boot and Man Apron from Burlington

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While we do frequently recommend staying somewhat practical for your Dads and Grads gift-giving, sometimes you just need something that’s totally fun.  We found these Mega Flasks ($13), Massive Beer Boots ($9.99) and Man Aprons ($7.99) at Burlington – cheap and perfectly gifted together or apart.  Little over $30 for all three, normally priced at $86.

6. Dyson Heating/Cooling System

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Back to practical, but cool…this isn’t your typical fan – it’s a chicly and sleekly designed new heating/cooling system by Dyson and will keep those dorm rooms, new apartments or offices hot or cool depending on what you need. It’s quiet (aka won’t annoy your roommates or colleagues,) can fit under a desk or looks sleek left out. We’re especially into the blue + iron color.
$349.99

*The Gift Insider is highly curated and the picks are all items we think our readers will love giving as gifts.  Some items listed are sponsors of the site.

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Jun 2 2015

DIY Father’s Day Pinterest Picks

Father’s Day is the perfect time to tell Dad how much you love him! DIY gifts are a sentimental way to show your appreciation, and they’re lots of fun. Here are some of our favorites we rounded up from Pinterest.

Salt Dough Footprint Keepsakes

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This is a totally sweet gift from the kids that will last forever!

Via The Imagination Tree

Homemade Six Pack of Treats

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Such a fun gift from the whole family! Make sure to picks his favorite sweets!

Via Soap Deli News Blog

Beer Gift Basket

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This is a funny and cute gift that will make Dad laugh and very happy! Great gift from the wife!

Via Man Crates

Bacon Bouquet

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YUM! This is totally funny and will go perfect on a tray for breakfast in bed! Whip up some eggs and toast, and Dad will have the perfect start to a perfect day! This is awesome as a gift from Mom or the entire fam!

Via Our Best Bites

‘I love you’ Pillow Case

Don’t forget Grandpa! This is an adorable gift from the grandkids that will give him a huge smile!

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Via Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Happy gifting!

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May 25 2015

#MotivationMonday Inspired Gift Ideas

Monday isn’t exactly the best day of the week, so we have some inspiration to make it better! Here are a few of our favorite Motivation Monday products with quotations that will get rid of that miserable Monday in minutes!

 

Here are the words we love!

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Very little is needed to make a happy life.”

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. – Katharine Hepburn

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.  It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

“Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I took the road less travelled.” – Frost

Happy Monday!

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May 22 2015

Congratulations to James D. our #KeepOneGiveOne Sweepstakes Winner!

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Thanks to everyone who entered! Congratulations to our winner, James D!

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May 20 2015

The Gift Insider’s Miami Bachelorette Weekend!

10 of my best friends threw me the most wonderful bachelorette party in Miami this past weekend and I’m so excited to share some of the highlights.  They nailed it. And I loved every second of it.

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Soon-to-Be Mrs. Schey banner w/ champs and vodka sodas!

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The cutest handmade photo props and hangover bags all made by my amazingly talented co-maid of honor, Aly.

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My two Co-MOHS (co-maids of honor) and the wonder women behind the most fun weekend, ever.

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A DIY Cheers Bitches banner made by Aly and a snapshot of our Miami “Apartment.”

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A DIY handmade Mrs. drink cup w/ mini veil and my handmade beautiful, beautiful sash.

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My Mrs. Schey robe for the day of the wedding! Not pictured: the cutest bikini veil.

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Photo props make the party.

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The sweetest game.  The girls asked Jon questions about our relationship, video recorded his answers then asked me and played what he said.  We crushed it.

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All the girls!  A huge thank you to my wonderful friends for being by my side celebrating such a wonderful time in our lives. I love you all to pieces.

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May 20 2015

Pinterest Picks: Summer Hostess Gifts Ideas

Summer is finally here, and the parties, BBQs, and picnics are starting! Hostess gifts are always important to show your gratitude, and we want to help you be the best guest there! Here’s our round-up of creative hostess gifts that will definitely be a hit!

DIY Freshly Squeezed Lemonade Basket

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Homemade lemonade is the perfect summer refresher! It is a total crowd pleaser, and any hostess would love to mix it up for all of the guests!

Via Fashion Meets Food

DIY S’mores Kit

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Yum! Who can turn down a box filled with chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers?! Your hostess will love this delicious treat!

Via Today’s Fabulous Finds

White BBQ Sauce

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BBQs are one of the best parts of summer! Wow your hostess with this awesome recipe!

Via Jacolyn Murphy

DIY Cork Coasters and Summer Drinks Basket

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These DIY cork coasters are so cute and creative! Add in some summer drinks, outdoor glasses, and a pitcher for a fun and unique gift!

Via The Happy Housie

Homemade Chili Sriracha Hot Sauce

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This hot sauce is awesome for the daredevil hostess! If they love spicy foods, then this is the perfect gift to show your appreciation!

Via White On Rice Couple

 

Happy gifting!

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Apr 28 2015

Creative and Thoughtful Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

Mother's day gift picks

1. Photo Wallpaper by WeMontage 

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This is one of the most awesomely creative ideas.  WeMontage let’s you turn your photos into large scale, removable wallpaper.  You can have all your favorite photos up with no nails in the wall, no stressful attempts at perfectly lining up frames for a gallery wall.  Create a collage for Mom or Grandma with special moments from your lives.  She’ll be able to enjoy it every single day. Starts at $59.99

Use code giftinsider15 for 10% off

2. Flowers that Last 6 Months by Blooms by Heinau 

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These REAL, 100% natural fresch-cut blooms actually last 6 months or longer! These Blooms by Heinau  are cut at their peak, then the water and sap in the plant cells is replaced by a moisturizer prolonging it’s beauty. Amazing. They have 25+ colors of roses and hydrangeas w/50+ different arrangements. All natural, maintenance-free & requires absolutely no water.
$9.95 – $459

3. Customized Chocolate Gifts from Totally Chocolate 

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Here’s an sweet way to personalize a sweet treat for mom this year. Totally Chocolate offers this huge chocolate bar, 2 lbs, larger than a license plate, with customized lids – upload a sweet photo, pick a Happy Mother’s Day message and make it personalized just for her. You can also choose from different Mother’s Day messages to to be etched right into the chocolate.
$29.95 for each bar,
Use code: GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off

4. Cosmetic Cases + Travel Goodies from Burlington 

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When gifting to parents, many don’t love when you over-spend on gifts for them, especially luxe items they don’t always need.  If your mom is more of a practical gift lover, we found these adorable cosmetic cases at Burlington for under 5 bucks and filled them with fun travel and beauty necessities for a sweet and thoughtful way to give something they might really use, without spending too much. They’ll be so proud!

5. Made to Order Clutches from Merci New York 

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These clutches from Merci New York let you pick and choose exactly how you want them.  Choose from exotic python, embossed python or faux leather and then choose the vintage inspired brooch style you like, the color, etc. Beautifully made: flap top w/magnetic & zip closure, Interior zip pocket & beige ultra suede lining. Gold plated chain and findings.
Starts at $135

6. JARS by Dani 

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Live far from mom and want to send her something totally unique?  Send these totally adorable JARS, layers of her favorite desserts: sprinkles, cake, marshmallows, chocolate – you name it, all packed in an adorably cute jar.  The lids can be customized with a logo or photo or text of your choice.  Great spot to add a Mother’s Day message. 8oz Jars for $10/8 jar minimum or mini 4oz Jars for $6.25

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*The Gift Insider is highly curated and the picks are all items we think our readers will love giving as gifts.  Some items listed are sponsors of the site.

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Apr 23 2015

Green Gift Ideas In Honor of Earth Day

Cork Umbrella from Portugal

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Pelcor (a blend of the Portuguese words for skin (pel) & cork (cor), is a Portugal based cork accessories brand and has innovated the use of cork skin, creating products that are fabulously soft to the touch, sustainable & practical. This eco-chic Umbrella is impermeable, buoyant, pliant & even fire resistant.  You will also be supporting the environment – the Cork Oak tree from which the cork skin is sourced, is the only tree in the world whose bark regenerates itself, and it thrives as part of a unique worldwide ecosystem. Tall $180
Available at PelcorUsa.com

Sacky Sacks 

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Saving the earth & lookin’ good. Squishable, scrunchable squashable & ultra-compact, these super practical totes take you from supermarket to the beach or great for baby gear & travel. Made of Tyvek® Saky Sacks are crease resistant, washable & strong enough to carry 25 lbs & can be recycled.  Padded straps for comfort, key rings & inside pockets, lightweight & fold up in to a tidy little packet. City Saky, $20.00

Available at sakysaks.com

20% OFF CODE HERE

Emerald Heritage – Adopt a Plot of Land in Ireland

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A fun & eco-friendly opportunity to purchase a wee piece of Ireland. This is the first ever Irish conservation project formed due to the deforestation crisis in Ireland. Becoming a landowner/Squire ensures that the land can never be developed or destroyed. A gift to be passed down from generation to generation. Includes legal title & certificates, updates & GPS location so you can visit your land. Buy 1, 4 or 9 sq. ft. plots, ~$50 a sq. ft.

Available at emeraldheritage.com

15% OFF CODE HERE

Coyuchi Tea Towels 

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100% organic textiles from Coyuchi, the first brand to bring organic cotton bedding to the US.  Eco-conscious towels without artificial dyes or chemicals, promise. Coyuchi towels are made with the same quality, care & fine detail as its famous bedding. Loomed from pure organic cotton, with earth tone colors. Soft and thirsty & designed to dry quickly on towel bar & in the dryer. Set of 2 tea/kitchen towels, $15
Available at coyuchi.com

Green Herbal Tea Kit 

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Green Herbal Tea Kit-This holistic tea set invites you to sip from an array of nine herbs and three varieties of eco-certified, organic green tea from Japan, India, and Sri Lanka. Steep the loose leaf teas and herbs in the included, reusable tea bags made from biodegradable corn silk. $40.00

Available at uncommongoods.com

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Apr 20 2015

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts We Heart From Pinterest

No better way to tell mom she’s the best than with a totally cute DIY gift! Here are our favorite gift ideas to make mom feel extra loved!

Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase

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Is there anything moms love more than pictures of the kids?! This is a cute and creative way to say I love you from the whole fam!

Via Home Stories A to Z

DIY Tile Photo Coasters

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These are a fun long-lasting way to show mom how much you love her! Pick some of her favorite family pictures and you will have the perfect decoration for the coffee table! She’ll love to show off this great gift to guests!

Via POPSUGAR

DIY Mug Decorating: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my mama you’ll be.”

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Get creative with words for a personalized mug for mom! Of course, the best way to give this gift is with coffee in bed!

Via The Resplendent

DIY Tea Tags

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Is your mother a tea lover? No doubt she’ll be so impressed and excited to have her favorite drink with a personal loving touch from her favorite people!

Via Lia Griffith

DIY Chocolate Bouquet

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Something yummy to say “thank you for everything you do”! Put a huge smile on mom’s face (and maybe some chocolate in her teeth) with this delicious chocolate bouquet!

Via Madigan Made

TGI Extra: Happy Mother’s Day from Dad!

Waking up to a fresh-made breakfast may be the best part of Mom’s day.  Say thank you to your wife with this yummy baked oatmeal.  A great dish for a perfect Mother’s Day brunch with the kids!

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Via Eat Simple Love Yoga

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